Recently on Facebook, I asked a question of my followers, “How many minutes per day do you use towards being healthy?” And while this online community is normally active, engaged, and vocal, there were two responses. One was a dear friend of mine that is super passionate about all-things health that replied with 4 hours. For her, that is not an exaggeration or a brag – just her truth as she truly does pursue living her best life. And the other, a dear client, responded with an uncertain, “60 minutes?”
Both of these great women are passionate about living healthy lives and do so in very different ways. And I can guarantee you that if I sat down for tea with my friend that replied with, “60 minutes,” that she would recognize that she spends a lot more time on her health than she thinks. She most likely spends that same 4 hours but with a different set of activities that are contributing to her health and well-being.
I was curious about my own time investment and I wanted for others to have the same curiosity. Over the last month, I’ve upped my self-care game and it’s definitely changed how I’ve been spending my time and so I posed the question as an opportunity for others to reflect on how many or how few minutes they spend. Usually, fewer responses mean, “I’m not doing as well as I like so let’s either ignore or not respond to this post.”
But it doesn’t have to be that way. You TOO can be adding more minutes per day to your wellness plan.
Part of the issue is that most of the clients that I work with don’t have much of a plan. They have ideas about what to do and they sometimes have a vision of what doing those things would mean for their health and life. They’re just not doing them. Are you one of those people? You want to feel your best, you know that there’s more you can be doing, but you’re overwhelmed by the thought of doing it. Perhaps you don’t know where to start or you’re in a state of analysis-paralysis. Maybe you feel like you have to do it ALL which is way overwhelming.
That’s where lifestyle education and, specifically, the FirstLine Therapy Program come into play. Over the course of several months, we work together to create personalized care plans that cover topics such as:
- Healthy Eating including what to eat and why, menu and meal planning, label reading, organic vs. non-organic, strategies for eating out and away from home, emotional and stress-driven snacking, meal modifications, and planning for long-term sustainability
- Changing Your Health Life for the Long-term by implementing behavior changes that can contribute to long-term success through the use of SMARTER goals, establishing a support system, incorporating physical activity, and identifying obstacles that can lead to sabotage and creating a plan to overcome them
- Transforming Stress by learning how to recognize your stressors and work through them using a variety of techniques
- Enjoying Rest and Relaxation by exploring what you like to do for play and fun balanced with getting a good night’s sleep
- Staying on Track by connecting to what you learned and implemented, minimizing and managing lapses and relapses, and knowing when to request support before going too far down the slippery slope
The FirstLine Therapy Program is lead by myself and Dr. Tricia Paulson here at True Health. While it is geared for (and appropriate) for those with chronic lifestyle disease, it can be implemented by ANYONE ready to make a change. There are 525,600 minutes in a year. How many of those are you using to take care of your health?